Grandparents can play such an important and special role on a cattle ranch, especially when homeschooling on the ranch. They can help to teach respect, friendship, manners, and even about dealing with disagreements. Learning can take place even when sitting on the tailgate of a truck!
Recently we lost a very close family friend who was like a grandfather to my boys. Lately I have been reflecting on these types of relationships and how special they are. This man taught my boys so much about life, friendship and manners. He also had a passion about birds, so my boys become enthralled with learning about birds. In just over 5 short years, he had such an impact on my oldest son and my son will never forgot the bond he had with him. This relationship helped to set my son up for future relationships and learning experiences.
Memories of Grandparents are Treasured
I was extremely fortunate to have my grandparents live across the field from my home when I was growing up. Now, my boys are lucky to have my parents close to them. Since we lived so close to my grandparents, I developed an amazing relationship with them as we all worked and played together on the ranch.
I still remember my annual trip with my grandparents to fall bull sales in Alberta. These trips helped me to develop independence while also teaching me about cattle genetics and marketing. As a little girl, I would stay late at the bull sales to visit with customers with my grandpa. These memories and experiences are still treasured by me today!
Homeschooling Help from Grandparents
Since we are also homeschooling, we have lots of time to learn on the ranch alongside my parents. My parents help to model the behaviour that we want displayed in my children. They teach them the appropriate ways to treat animals and how to develop a work ethic.
They can share their knowledge about ranching and nature. My oldest son doesn’t turn down an opportunity to check the pasture with them!
On a ranch, there are also difficult times and disagreements. My children are able to watch how we deal with these types of situations. After some situations, I will explain what we may have done that was not appropriate and how we can learn from it.
No moment is too small for learning when homeschooling on the ranch. Even a short walk to check water can led to a great discussion with my parents about dry weather conditions in the past.
Take The Time Together Now
Remember to take time to treasure the little moments with grandparents. A lot can be learned through our relationships that prepare our kids for the future. It is so important to treasure the time we have with grandparents as nothing can be taken for granted!